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Sep 2, 2018 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. Teaching presented on 9/1/18 at Tikvat David Synagogue. There are many commandments in the Torah which are neither explicitly explained, or can be interpreted in various ways, or require careful context before application. In this study we look at the giving of the Torah, and the validity of the Oral Tradition, to understand what Torah really is, as opposed to what many think it is. The commandment to stone the rebellious child is our backdrop for this exploration.
Topics: Talmud, Torah, giving of the Torah, Moses, rebellious child, capital punishment, Oral Tradition,...
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Sep 2, 2018 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. Teaching presented on 9/1/18 at Tikvat David Synagogue. There are many commandments in the Torah which are neither explicitly explained, or can be interpreted in various ways, or require careful context before application. In this study we look at the giving of the Torah, and the validity of the Oral Tradition, to understand what Torah really is, as opposed to what many think it is. The commandment to stone the rebellious child is our backdrop for this exploration. 
Topics: Torah, stoning the rebellious child, Talmud, Moses, Sinai, Oral Law, bible interpretation, identity
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Jul 7, 2018 David M. LeBlanc
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A midrashic approach to Ex.27:1-3.  Rashi says that the bronze altar is made of copper, which stands for "insolence". We explore the importance of repentance and humility in our approach to God, and why we need to understand the function of the bronze altar in relation to our guilt, shame and intimacy with HaShem. This teaching was presented at Tikvat David Messianic Synagogue in Roswell, GA. 
Topics: rashi, bronze altar, repentance, shame, sacrifice, worship, messiah, paul, Jeremiah
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Jun 25, 2018 David M. LeBlanc
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Discussion of Talmud portion. 
Topics: Talmud, Shabbat, purity, chavurah
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May 26, 2018 David M. LeBlanc
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Teaching given on 5/26/18 at Tikvat David Messianic Synagogue in Roswell, GA, by David LeBlanc, founder of Oasis Fellowship. Basing our discussion upon Ex.30:1-10 and Eph.2, we explore the mystery of the "inner life" related to the Altar of Incense and how religious ritual and the path of repentance open the door to our intimacy and security in God. This is a mystical approach to the Golden Altar, based on traditional Jewish teaching as well as the teachings of the Apostle Paul in the...
Topics: one new man, Exodus, Temple, sacrifice, Altar of incense, Talmud, Messianic teaching, High Priest,...
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Apr 21, 2018 David M. LeBlanc
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David LeBlanc (founder: Oasis Fellowship), presenting at Tikvat David Messianic Synagogue in Atlanta, GA.  This study explores the story of three kings, Eglon, David and Saul, in relation to the Torah law on murder and manslaying as found in Ex.21:12-14. What characterized David as distinct from the other kings of Israel? Why is Yeshua called the Son of David? Why is David called the Son of God as Yeshua is? Did David serve on the Sanhedrin? Understand some deeper connections to the concept of...
Topics: King David, Messiah, Saul, Eglon, Sanhedrin, Talmud, Righteous Judge, Torah, Mediator of the...
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Mar 22, 2018 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship study group. This is an ongoing chavurah group study through Talmud Bavli. This is a journey through Shabbat part two.
Topics: Talmud, Shabbat, ritual impurity, idolatry, carrying
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Feb 20, 2018 David M. LeBlanc
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This teaching was presented originally at Tikvat David Messianic Synagogue in Roswell, GA. This version was recorded in studio, and provides further clarifications and enhancements to the original teaching. The presentation seeks to wrestle with the parable of hidden treasure (Matt.13:44) in relation to acquiring the kingdom, from both the perspective of the disciple and also that of Messiah himself. Using the laws of property ownership, acquisition and inheritance as found in the Talmud, we...
Topics: redemption, Messiah, Talmud, Matthew, parable of hidden treasure, kingdom of God, gospel of Thomas,...
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Jan 17, 2018 David M. LeBlanc
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This is a teaching presented during the teaching hour at Tikvat David Messianic Synagogue in Roswell, GA. Traditional Christian interpretation of this parable leaves a lot to be desired, creating cognitive dissonance and failing to reconcile the teaching of Christ with the gospel message presented by Paul (according to normative Church interpretation). Learn what the parable actually is modeling, from a Jewish perspective.
Topics: Yeshua, parable of the talents, Torah, Talmud, Messianic Judaism, Final judgment, eschatology,...
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Oasis Fellowship series. This class is the recording of a live group meeting in Roswell, GA. The journey to a more Hebraic perspective on the Bible involves far more than exploring Sabbath and the appointed times. It also involves a complete reevaluation of doctrinal norms of understanding. But before even this can be undertaken, there must be an understanding of how different philosophical approaches to faith impact our worldview, and what differences there are between a traditional Jewish...
Topics: philosophy, Torah, law vs. grace, community, hebrew roots, Christianity, Judaism, dogma
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Nov 18, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. This class forms the introduction to a special class we are conducting with a chavurah group in Roswell, GA. Using the excellent book by Prof. Marvin Wilson, PhD, "Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage: A Christian Theology of Roots and Renewal", we discuss various concepts brought up in the preface of the book, "Roots and Rot".  This class is for Christians, Jews, and non-religious people alike.
Topics: Hebrew roots, Marvin Wilson, Hebraic worldview, early Christian, Talmud, apostles, midrash,...
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Nov 10, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Ex.36-38 details the actual construction of the Tabernacle. We look at the spiritual implications of Bezalel as the overseer, the concept of human leadership, and the concept of working together in community to build the kingdom of God, and the place of Torah learning in this process.
Topics: Exodus, Bezalel, Tabernacle, 3rd Temple, Messiah, Kingdom of God, community spirit, torah study,...
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Nov 3, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study covers Ex.35:1-3, 30-35. What is the sanctification of time? And of space? How do these concepts impact the Jewish view of Sabbath? Why is the warning to guard the Sabbath given immediately before the beginning of the construction of the Mishkan? We discuss the Sabbath, it's place in apostolic and Jewish thought, the centrality of the Sabbath in their teachings, and how it impacts their eschatology. We also discuss the beautification of holiness as...
Topics: Sabbath, Tabernacle, Moses, Exodus, Bezalel, Torah observance, Talmud, supersessionism
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Oct 27, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This is the first of two studies on Exodus 35. In this study we look at the picture of Moses coming down the second time from Sinai as a picture of the return of Messiah. We debunk the "rapture theory" by exploring the Jewish view of eschatology, comparing at length the picture found in the prophets with the writings of the apostles. We also explore, based on these same passages, the importance of Jewish and Gentile distinction in the Body of Christ...
Topics: Paul, Exodus, Rapture, ingathering, Third Temple, Messianic Age, Jewish/Gentile identity
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Oct 20, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study covers Ex.34:8-35, and primarily deals with concepts of divinity in Jewish thought. Is Yeshua God? Well, if so, is Moses? Looking deep into Jewish Midrash and comparing our text with the apostolic testimony, we see that the question is not whether Yeshua is divine. The question is how the apostles would have defined the concept of divinity that they attribute to him, and how this relates to his ministry as the "Final Redeemer" like unto...
Topics: Messiah, divinity, trinitarianism, unitarianism, Exodus, Torah study, Midrash Rabbah, Rambam, Paul,...
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Oct 12, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. In this study, we study Sukkot from the perspective of a philosophical understanding, looking at the concept of pilgrimage. We debunk the myth of the "wandering Jew" who wanders without a home because of being cursed, and see that the aspect of "wandering" is germane to biblical faith through the entire Bible. We look at Sukkot journeying from a community and ethical perspective.
Topics: Sukkot, Jewish identity, Abraham, Promised Land, humility, community, remembrance, Rabbi Sacks
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Sep 30, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series; continued series in Exodus. This session covers Ex.34:1-7, and details the revealing of God's 13 Attributes of Mercy in Jewish thought, and how this interacts with concepts surrounding Yom Kippur. We also explore some additional parallels between Moses and Messiah.
Topics: Exodus, Yom Kippur, 13 Attributes, Rashi, Rambam, Adam Clarke, Christianity, Moses, Mount of...
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Sep 15, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study, in our continued walk through Exodus, covers chapter 33. Moses records for us the highlights of his 40-day period of intercession for God's people. What does this teach us about the Messiah? What is the significance of God inviting Moses to a place "by Him" on the mountain? What did Moses learn about prayer and about God's 13 Attributes of Mercy?
Topics: Exodus, Torah, Moses, 13 Attributes, Rashi, Rambam, Yom Kippur, Pure religion, Care for the poor,...
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Sep 1, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study covers Ex.32:19-35. We discuss some questions such as: How does the killing of 3,000 Israelites inaugerate the Levites into the Priesthood? Why does Moses need to convince God to show mercy? Does Moses accuse God of causing the people to sin? In what way did Aaron act sacrificially? What role does intercession play in the purposes of God? This and more is discussed in this long but detailed study.
Topics: Moses, Golden Calf, Talmud, Intercession, Ministry of Reconciliation, Matthew, Paul, Idolatry
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Aug 25, 2017 David M. LeBanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Covering Ex.32:1-18, we deal with a neglected aspect of this story: Why do people substitute something (or someone) else for God the moment our expectations are not met? The human reaction to disappointment is to make up the difference ourselves. We explore this idea through the narrative of this story, using Talmud, Midrash and the text of the Bible itself to show the nuance of this idea through biblical history. Idolatry is both more complex and nearer to us...
Topics: Golden Calf, Midrash Rabbah, Talmud, Acts, Matthew, Exodus, Torah, trinitarianism, biblical...
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Aug 18, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Covering Ex.31:12-18, we consider why Shabbat is mentioned immediately after the raising up of workers to build the Mishkan, and why it is framed so negatively (death for non-observance). Using Jewish sources, we discuss the Golden Calf and its relevance to this passage, and also the distinctive roles and obligations Jewish people have to Shabbat as compared to non-Jews, both in and out of the Messianic community. 
Topics: Torah, Mishkan, Shabbat, Bishul Yisrael, Acts 15, Rashi, Talmud, Christianity, Paul, Exodus
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Aug 11, 2017 David M. LeBanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Covering Ex.31:1-11, this study covers the character Bezalel, who is filled with the spirit by God, along with his "assistant" Oholiab. It is commonly understood that the spirit was "first given" at Pentecost, forming the beginning of the "church". Is this accurate? Do Christians have exclusive domain regarding the indwelling spirit of God? Further how do we understand this infilling? It's purpose? How does the spirit of God relate...
Topics: Exodus, Moses, Bezalel, Messiah, Paul, tongues, holy spirit, Tabernacle, trinitarianism
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Aug 4, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study covers Ex.30:22-33. In our last installment dealing with the preparation for building the Mishkan (Tabernacle), we consider the special anointing oil which serves the unique purpose of consecrating the furniture of the Tabernacle as well as the priests, the Kohen Gadol, and the King. How does this oil relate to the Messiah, and how does it relate to the experience of the believer who come to faith in him? Is the anointing of the holy spirit connected?
Topics: holy spirit, Messiah, Torah, Exodus, Tabernacle, Rashi, John, Acts, Divine Presence, anointing
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Jul 28, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study covers Ex.30:17-21, discussing the bronze laver. Why do the priests need to wash their hands and feet before entering the Holy Place, when we know that they immerse in a mikvah each morning? What is the Jewish law on hand washing? Learn how this practice relates to the Temple service, and how these concepts are reflected in the gospels. Did Yeshua teach against Oral Law and the dietary laws? Or is something else going on?
Topics: Torah, Exodus, dietary laws, purification, hand washing, bronze laver, Temple, priesthood, Last...
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Jul 24, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study covers Exodus 30:11-16, and the laws of taking a census. Primarily as a take-off from the commentary of the Midrash Rabbah, we discuss God's care and concern for every one of His people, particularly after a time of hardship and trial. We consider individual and corporate accountability, and how this impacts our understanding of salvation and redemption, particularly as we navigate faith from both a Jewish and Gentile perspective. Finally, we discuss...
Topics: Exodus, Torah study, Midrash Rabbah, Rashi, census, Golden Calf, redemption, the soul,...
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Jul 14, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. This is part two of our class, "The Inner Life", covering Ex.30:1-10,34-38. (The class is split into two parts due to a technical issue during the live broadcast). In part two, we continue our discussion of sacrifice and the Temple service and also discuss the Documentary Source Theory from two different viewpoints. Finally, we talk about the "inner life" of devotion and discipleship and how it relates to prayer and sanctification.
Topics: Torah, Exodus, sanctification, Aaron, altar of incense, Source Theory
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Jul 14, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. In our continued series in Exodus, we cover Ex.30:1-10, 34-38, which discuss the service of the Altar of incense as well as the making of the incense itself. (This study is broken into two parts due to technical difficulties experienced during the broadcast). We discuss the "inner altar" and it's significance, branch into a general discussion of the sacrificial system, corporate atonement and the failure of normative Church theology to properly understand Leviticus....
Topics: Exodus, Leviticus, Torah, sacrifice, atonement, incense.
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Jun 9, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. This study covers Ex.29. The raising up and consecration of priests, exclusively in the line of Aaron parallels the consecration of the Messiah, and shows that the exclusivity of God's order provides a unification of His purposes. We study this parallel and look as well at some Midrashic legends on the chapter, uncovering some important connections to the gospel narrative, and helping us to understand some difficult passages.
Topics: High priest, consecration, Exodus, Torah, timelessness, gospel, Messiah, Last Supper, blood on the...
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Jun 2, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. This study covers Exodus 28. Rather than spending time on the inherent typology of the priestly garments, we look at the concept of why are they commanded to begin with? What is the role of the distinction of the priest? We consider the concept of the "three voices of Torah; the Priest, Prophet and King, and what distinguishes them from each other.
Topics: Exodus, Torah study, priest, prophet, king, anointing, halacha, Sacks
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May 26, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. This study covers Ex.27:20-21. The command to require the common people to bring forth pure oil for the lighting of the Menorah in the Tabernacle is indicative of the fact that God wants a partnership between the leaders and the people, just as He wants a partnership with us. God doesn't force His will on us. He gives us the dignity of choice. In like manner, the people need to cooperate with the leaders God raises up in order to fulfill the ministry they are given. We look...
Topics: Exodus, Menorah, Midrash Rabbah, Moses, Church leadership, discipleship, personal responsibility,...
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May 20, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. This study covers Ex.27:9-19. The concept of modesty, "tzniut" in Hebrew involves more than conservative dress. It is a philosophy of self-restraint, and is a core ethic of biblical faith. It is also a highly neglected one in our over-sexed, hedonistic culture. Learn how the construction of the Tabernacle shows us the way that God creates domains and boundaries, and why they are important.
Topics: tzniut, Exodus, modesty, Isaiah, Ephesians, Tabernacle, humility
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May 12, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. With Ex.27:1-8 as a backdrop, we compare the Altar to the story of Joseph's reconciliation with his brothers in Gen.42-45. We discuss repentance, the division of the land and Temple Mount among the 12 tribes, and the significance of the "five-fold" portion of Benjamin at Joseph's table. We also discuss, philosophically, the gospel and the Jewish people. How does the Messiah reveal himself?
Topics: gospel, Torah, Talmud, Benjamin, Paul, Joseph, Judah, 12 tribes, Eretz Yisrael, messianic age,...
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May 7, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. In our continued journey through Exodus, we look at the Altar, spending much time discussing Rashi's commentary that the copper of the Altar is for the "insolence" of the people. What is the importance of repentance in our relationship with God? How can God judge sin and yet also give life? This study covers Ex.27:1-8.
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Topics: Exodus, Rashi, gospel, repentance, law vs. grace, Saul, Jeremiah, Isaiah.
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May 5, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. Paul's writings are usually misunderstood, because they are not read in the proper context. This study looks at the root of Paul's message, and it's connection to the ruling of the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. Was Paul an apostate from Judaism? Did he start a new religion? Or was something else in view?
Topics: Paul, Acts 15, distinction, Torah observance, love, fellowship
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Apr 28, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. The ruling of the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 is one of the most fundamentally misunderstood parts of scripture. It has huge impact upon the identity of a Gentile believer in Messiah, and deals with the distinctions and domains of Jewish obligation to Torah vs. Gentile obligation. A proper understanding of this ruling, and its authority, is necessary to both understand the writings of Paul and also for sorting out the role of the Gentile in the Jewish community.
Topics: Paul, Torah observance, Ger toshav, gospel, sanhedrin
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Apr 23, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study covers all of Exodus 26. The curtains and the veil, as well as the boards of the Tabernacle are all highly meaningful, and we explore various aspects of them, from the intrinsic value of every believer, to the ethic of modesty, and the idea that the Tabernacle is a microcosm of the universe. Finally, we discuss the Pargod, or heavenly screen, in Jewish interpretation, and how this may affect our view of Christology.
Topics: Torah, Exodus, Rashi, Talmud, Christology, Paul, community, pargod
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Apr 18, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study covers Ex.25:31-40. What is the purpose of the Golden menorah? What does it teach us? We compare the idea of hearing with seeing, or obedience and testimony. The immanence of God and the distinction of His people. Finally, the fire of faith. What keeps it lit?
Topics: testimony, faith, Torah, Exodus, tabernacle, Messiah, immanence
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Apr 8, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Ex.25:23-30. The Table of Showbread was home to twelve loaves, which are called the "lechem hapanim" or "bread of the face". We look at the physical service of the table, and then venture into a deep exploration of the implications of this bread in relation to the ministry of Messiah.
Topics: showbread, lechem hapanim, Torah, Talmud, Matthew, teaching, charity
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Apr 8, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship Teaching Series. Covering Ex.25:10-22, this study analyzes the presence of God in the Tabernacle, as He is enthroned in the space above the cherubim. The Talmud describes this space as "measureless" since the furniture of the Tabernacle does not take up physical space, based upon the discrepancy of measurements in various passages describing the inner space of the Holy of Holies. We explore the idea of God's immanence vs. His transcendence.
Topics: Torah study, Talmud, face to face, Tabernacle, transcendence
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Mar 31, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Covering Ex.25:10-22, we look at the "space where God meets and speaks to Moses". Using the Talmud, midrashic legend, and the Bible itself, we explore the significance of the fact that that God is not contained by the Ark, and what this means to a "face to face" relationship with God. 
Topics: Exodus, fellowship, Talmud, Exodus Rabbah, Moses, House of Study, Torah
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Mar 26, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study compares Ex.25:9 with the middle chapters of Hebrews, and explores the important distinctions which the author of Hebrews makes between the Aaronic priesthood and the work which the Messiah accomplishes. Does Christ fulfill, and thereby replace, the sacrificial system? Or does the book of Hebrews show us something different?
Topics: temple, tabernacle, Moses, Hebrews, Messiah, animal sacrifice, atonement, Exodus
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Mar 21, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. In our fourth consecutive study concerning Ex.25:8, I present a paper which will be the chapter of an upcoming book. It is important to understand the role of the Tabernacle/Temple, apart from the supersessionism of normative Church theology. It is also important to understand Paul in this context as well. This study primarily deals with the book of Galatians and the olive tree metaphor of Romans 11, in relation to the concept of the validity of Torah for today.
Topics: Garden of Eden, Torah, Exodus, Tabernacle, Paul, Galatians, Romans 11, law vs grace
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Mar 15, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Another in our series looking at Exodus 25:8. In this study, we look at Christology and the apostolic understanding of Yeshua being the "word made flesh" in the form of a tabernacle. We also consider the impact of the Tabernacle in the eventual formation of the synagogue, and ultimately, how the synagogue became the original model for the church.
Topics: Exodus, Torah, Tabernacle, mishkan, trinitarianism, Temple, synagogue, John
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Mar 4, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Exodus 25:8 How does the building of the Tabernacle mirror the creation narrative? What are we to learn from this. Utilizing the text of the Bible, the writings of modern Jewish scholars, Christian commentaries, and the Talmud, we explore the idea of God's partnership with man in creating the world He wants us to live in.
Topics: Talmud, Bezalel, Solomon, Moses, Peter, Calvin, Sacks, Tabernacle, Torah study, Exodus
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Feb 27, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This week, we take a look at Ex.25:1-8 and look at the curious case of the freewill offering of the people towards the building of the Tabernacle. Why was this required? What is the significance, and what is God trying to communicate to His people? Both Jewish and Christian scholarship is used in this teaching series.
Topics: mishkan, Torah, Exodus, Moses, Solomon, Calvinism
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Feb 17, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. In our continued study through Exodus, we look at Ex.24:9-18. What is going on here in this scene at Mt. Sinai? Did the elders of Israel really see God? Did they eat with Him? Is this actually a pre-incarnate visitation of Messiah? Is that even possible? We see some important connections with covenant-making, the meal of the messiah, and concepts divinity and aspects of God revealing Himself to His creation.
Topics: Torah, Moses, Exodus, new covenant, last supper, christology, divinity, Nadab and Abihu
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Feb 15, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study covers Ex.24:1-8.  Did the Messiah have "magic" blood? When we talk about atonement through blood, what do we mean? In this study we traverse layers of understanding related to covenant-making, free will, sovereignty, and the ratification of covenant, as well as some interesting insights into the role of Gentiles in the covenants of God.
Topics: Moses, Yeshua, Sinai, covenant, Talmud, Noahide laws, forbidden mixtures
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Feb 4, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Covering Exodus 23:20-33, we consider the eschatological implications of the angel of vs.20, in light of Mark's usage of the verse in the opening of his gospel, and the idea that the angel is Christ. This study also explores the Jewish underpinnings of the apocalyptic thrust of messianic redemption in theology.
Topics: angel of the Lord, Exodus, Mark, Revelation, eschatology, apocalypse, Jewish mysticism
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Jan 29, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. In Exodus 23:10, we have a description of the law of the shemitah year. Using ancient Jewish interpretations of this passage, we are able to connect this passage in the Torah with the gospel, and the teachings of the Messiah.
Topics: shemitah, Torah, gospel, Hebrews, John, Exodus
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Jan 21, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Exodus 22:28-23:9 The Master tells us to love our enemies. This becomes a spiritual platitude rather than something practical that we walk out. Just how does God expect us to do this? Does it mean denying my feelings and suppressing my pain? In this study we explore more of the commandments of the Torah, and focus on loving our enemy.
Topics: Torah, Yeshua, evil inclination, helping an enemy, Yeshua, enemy, stranger, bribes, monetary...
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Jan 15, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Exodus 22:16-27. Who is the stranger? Who is the convert? According to the sages of Israel, there are as many as forty-six instances in the Torah in which God prohibits the mistreatment of the stranger. Why such an emphasis? What does it even mean? And how does this impact Jewish and Gentile relations, such as in the writings of Paul?
Topics: Torah, ger toshav, proselyte, Paul, Moses, Talmud, verbal oppression, racism
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Jan 5, 2017 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Exodus 22:7-15. In this study we look deep into the Oral Law to better understand the parable of the talents of Matthew 25. This parable (and others like it) can be very scary and seem to contrast the teachings of Paul. But does it really? Perhaps we fail to understand it properly. We explore an alternate reading of the parable based upon our text in Exodus and test drive our theory. Could it be that it's much simpler than we realized?
Topics: Torah, parable of the talents, Exodus, Talmud, Law vs. grace
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Dec 13, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship. Continued series in Exodus. In this study, we look at some practical aspects of "loving your neighbor as yourself" as we study Ex.22:5-6. Basing our study in the Talmud's discussion of these verses, we explore a midrash on ministry and spiritual growth as well as the idea of "lashon hara", or evil speech. This study is the recording of a Facebook Live broadcast.
Topics: loving your neighbor, ministry, leadership, lashon hara, Talmud, James, Paul
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Dec 5, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship series. Exodus 22:1-3 deals with the thief who comes by night and the robber who come in the day. We look deep into the Oral Law to see a proper explanation of the picture of Messiah found in these Torah laws, as implied by the Lord and his apostles. 
Topics: Messiah, exile, thief in the night, kingdom age, Talmud, gospel
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Nov 27, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study covers Ex.21:22-36. "Eye for an eye, and tooth for tooth..." is a famous concept in the Bible, and represents the biblical principle of "measure for measure" justice. Traditionally, Christianity has used this idea to cast a false dichotomy between God's Law and the grace offered through the Messiah. In this study we will learn how this principle was actually interpreted in Jewish law, and how it impacts our understanding of the...
Topics: justice, Law, grace, Exodus, Beit din, abortion, Talmud
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Nov 17, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. In our continued study through Exodus, we tackle Ex.21:15-21. Why are two laws related to children and their parents sandwiched around a law against kidnapping. How does King David illustrate the Oral Law's understanding of these laws. How do we reconcile the existence of slavery in the Bible when the whole point of redemption is to release God's people from it?
Topics: Oral Law, Talmud, David, Messiah, Sanhedrin, law vs. grace
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Nov 12, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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A short little ditty that reminds me of the love of my Father in heaven
Topics: heavenly father, acoustic worship
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Nov 4, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. In our continued journey through Exodus, we look at the laws of ambush and of unintentional manslaughter in Exodus 21:12-14. With a comparison of three kings and in comparison to Messiah, we consider various ethical considerations related to the principles and specifics of these laws, including a look at the Midrashic and Talmudic commentary on David's sparing of Saul's life. 
Topics: David, Saul, Messiah, Ehud, justice, law vs. grace, Talmud, Midrash
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Oct 30, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. In our continued journey through Exodus, we begin chapter 21. This study considers the idea of justice, "mishpat" in Hebrew, and looks at the messianic ideal of justice combined with mercy. We learn that the Law is not meant to be applied according to "strict justice", but must be mitigated with mercy. We also see a powerful remez of the Messiah in the slave who pledges himself to his master.
Topics: judgment, Torah, slaves, Messiah, law vs. grace
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Oct 14, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. In our continued series through Exodus, we stop to look at the idea of the Oral Law. Generally denigrated as irrelevant by the Christian Church, the Oral Law is crucial to Judaism. We see in this study how God commanded the formation of Oral Law and how all faith communities live by an oral tradition, even if they don't realize it. We also debunk the doctrine of Sola Scriptura. 
Topics: Oral Law, Talmud, Torah, Yeshua, Sanhedrin, Seat of Moses, Oral tradition, Calvin, Sola Scriptura
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Oct 6, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This study focuses on Ex.20:18-20. Were non-Israelites present at the giving of the Torah? How do the events at Sinai relate to the Pentecost event of Acts 2? Why does God tell us not to fear, and then tells us to fear Him? What is up with the concept of mediation, and how does this connect Moses to Christ?
Topics: Sinai, New Covenant, Torah, ger toshav, mediator, Hebrews, Exodus
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Sep 30, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. This week we look at Ex.20:1-17, the Ten Commandments. Is the Law opposed to grace? Did God give His commandments just to prove that we couldn't keep them? Or did the Lord teach his followers to obey the Torah?
Topics: Torah, Moses, Yeshua, law vs. grace, replacement theology
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Sep 19, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Exodus 19:21-25. What does it mean to "destroy your position?" What does this have to do with God's warning to the people to not come up Mount Sinai? We look at some prophetic texts, some teachings of the Master from the gospels and even a story from the Talmud about a woman who broke the spigot on 400 hundred barrels of wine. Learn a new application of "quietness and confidence".
Topics: Talmud, Yeshua, Moses, Sinai, Isaiah, Temple, Promised Land
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Sep 4, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Exodus 19:5-20. We often hear, rightfully, that we should wait on the Lord. This is true. However, did you know that God also waits on us? As we take another deep look at the story of the giving of the Torah at Sinai, we see some powerful parallels of Sinai and the ministry of Messiah, and how we are to pursue the Lord.
Topics: Moses, Messiah, Hosea, Chuppah, obedience, agency, Exodus
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Aug 20, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Exodus 19:4. "Gathered on eagle's wings"...what does God mean by this? Is this an allusion to the rapture? Or should it be interpreted another way? This study looks at the rapture doctrine and measures it against the testimony of scripture and Jewish theology about the ingathering of the exiles.
Topics: rapture, Exodus, Rashi, Paul, ingathering of the exiles, return of Messiah
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Jul 17, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. We take a look at the strange rendering of the Hebrew in Ex.19:1. The Hebrew reads "on this day", while most English translations transliterate it to "on that day". We consider the implications of the Jewish idea that all generations are connected, and how this impacted the apostolic understanding of the atonement of Christ.
Topics: atonement, Torah, Moses, Hebrews, Day of visitation, discipleship, gospel, Rashi
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Jun 25, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Our continued study through the book of Exodus. We cover chapter 18 and the story of Jethro coming to Moses in the wilderness and the raising up of leaders by Moses to help him in the governance of the community. We consider leadership principles of creating a faith community which is flexible and empowering, by employing principles of mediation and honoring relationship over the letter of the law.
Topics: Moses, Jethro, dogma, community, leadership, acceptance, Rashi, Jonathan Sacks
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Jun 12, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. Based on Exodus 16, we look at the manna in relation to the Word of God. We also consider the mysterious hidden manna which Aaron is instructed to set aside as a memorial and how this translates to the work of the kingdom. Additionally, we look at the Catholic claim that the Eucharist of the Catholic mass is actually the physical body (flesh) of Christ.  Is this what Jesus really meant in John 6 and at the Last Supper?
Topics: manna, Exodus, Feeding of Five Thousand, hidden manna, woman at the well, Moses,...
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May 29, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Cambridge Christian Fellowship. In part two of our two part series on the parable of hidden treasure in Matthew 13, we turn the tables on our understanding and consider the parable from God's vantage point, with the Messiah representing the man in the parable. We discuss how redemption works in relation to Jewish law on property and inheritance, gaining a deeper understanding of the "bride" metaphor as well as Jesus as both the Son of Man and the Son of God.
Topics: redemption, gospel, kinsman-redeemer, Talmud, Baal Shem Tov, trinity
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May 22, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Cambridge Christian Fellowship.  In the parable of the hidden treasure as presented in Matthew 13:44, we see an interesting aspect: the man who finds the treasure leaves it behind and purchases the field. We look at the Oral Traditions concerning oaths claims and finding an item to gain insight on why this parable may have been presented in this way, connecting it to the Great Commission. 
Topics: gospel, grace, law, Jeremiah, new covenant, discipleship
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Apr 7, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis fellowship teaching series. This study is a topical overview of Exodus 15-17. The Song at the Sea in Exodus 15 represents a tremendous time of celebration for deliverance, but immediately following this the people grumble against Moses. This study explores the concept of maturity and how God doesn't always fight our battles for us, but often gives us the opportunity to take our "lumps" so that we can grow up.  
Topics: Moses, Torah study, Exodus, Song at the Sea, Amalekites, walking in the spirit, discipline
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Mar 28, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  Commentary on Ex.14:31, with a parallel of John 14.  If we are to know God personally, we must believe in the One He sends to us.  Just as Israel needed to believe in Moses, the entire world must believe in the Messiah.  In this study we discuss the concept of agency, and explore two powerful Talmudic legends which relate to God's justice and atonement.
Topics: Moses, Talmud, salvation, Exodus, divine birth, Messiah, trinity, messenger of God
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Mar 7, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series. We cover Exodus 14, focusing mostly on verse 13.  We consider the parallel between the First Redemption and the Final Redemption that we await, and look at the 'Way of the Master' that a believer must strive to walk in to avoid falling away, as the Master exhorts us in Matthew 24 to "endure" to the end.  We seek to understand why the life of faith is sometimes hard and what role the commandments of God play in staying true to the faith.
Topics: redemption, red sea crossing, exodus, messiah, Paul, lawfulness, way of the Master, Rashi
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Feb 13, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  Commentary on Exodus 13:3-22.  We consider primarily the references pertaining to the subsequent generations, and also the transporting of the bones of Joseph.  What is the role of education in transferring our faith?  What about our example?  Is it important that our children adopt our creeds and statements of faith, or are we to be showing them what our faith is through our obedience?  We explore the importance of imparting our faith to the next...
Topics: faith, children, generational transfer, Moses, Paul, Peter, gospel, Law, commandments, Luther, Law...
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Jan 23, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  In our second teaching on the Passover in Exodus, we look at the concept of the mixed multitude as we study Exodus 12:14-13:3.    Non-Israelites are required in the Torah to become circumcised if they are to be part of the salvation of God.  We look at this in light of Paul's gospel and try to understand Paul's perspective on Israel and his Gentile converts.
Topics: Paul, Moses, Torah, mixed multitude, Passover, gospel, Ephesians, one new man, sanctification,...
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Jan 15, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  Continuation of our detailed journey through the book of Exodus, we cover Ex.11:9-12:13.  Looking at the Passover, we consider the significance of the full moon, the grace of God and inspection of the lamb for blemishes, tying it together with both the Abrahamic Covenant and the Messiah.  We attempt to put this story into the context of the Messiah from a Jewish perspective.
Topics: Light from darkness, Mishnah, Messiah, Moses, Exodus, Passover, Leviticus, religious leaders
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Jan 2, 2016 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  In our continued exegesis of Exodus, we study Exodus 10:24 - 11:8, which is Moses' final speech before Pharaoh before the plague of the death of the firstborn.  We consider some deep personal reflection of our faith walk in relation to the imagery portrayed in this scripture, and some powerful hidden pictures of the work of Messiah in the text.
Topics: Torah, Moses, Pharaoh, Passover, Elijah, Samson, parable of ten virgins, apocalypse, redemption,...
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Dec 21, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  Looking at Exodus 10:21-29, we study the placement of the plague of darkness and contest the Source theory scholars with evidence that it does, in fact, represent an intensification of effect from the previous plagues.  With this in mind, we study the underlying "counter-narrative" which connects this plague to the ministry of the Messiah and finally to a powerful application of the basic tenets of morality to all people.
Topics: Torah, Noahide Laws, Moses, Pharaoh, plagues of Egypt, Job, darkness and light, Leviticus, Mishnah
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Dec 5, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  In our continued verse by verse teaching through Exodus, we explore God's judgment in Exodus 7:1-9:35.  Connecting the plagues with the apocalyptic vision of John's Revelation, we see the parallel of judgment in the two stories.  We also look at the parallel of the mixed multitude of Egyptians and the remnant of Jewish believers in the first century.
Topics: Torah, Moses, Pharaoh, magicians, judgment, apocalypse, John, First and Second Redeemer, binding...
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Nov 30, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  This study looks at Exodus 7:1-13, in our verse by verse study of Exodus.  We focus on the hardening of Pharaoh's heart.  We take issue with Calvin's doctrine of total depravity by exploring the justice of God and the free will of man with this challenging and pivotal biblical story.  Applicationally, how does Pharaoh example for us the picture of grace?  How do the apostles view our free choice?
Topics: Torah study, Moses, Pharaoh, Calvinism, total depravity, free will, evil inclination, Rashi,...
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Nov 16, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  In our continued verse-by-verse teaching through Exodus, we discuss the uniqueness of the God of Israel, who intervenes in history and in real time.  We discuss the fascinating chiasmus of Ex.6:2-8 and compare it with a similar structure in John's gospel, and look at the mystical concept of "as above, so below" in relation to the coming kingdom of Heaven.
Topics: Torah study, Moses, Exodus, chiasmus, injustice, redemption, Elijah, commission of God
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Nov 9, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  In our continued study through the book of Exodus, we look at Ex.6:1-8, which contain the verses which the Jewish sages use to illustrate the four aspects of redemption.  We connect this story with the last seder of Christ and show what this has to do with the World to Come.
Topics: Passover, seder, redemption, four cups, cup of Elijah, witness, Messiah, Torah study, Moses, Son of...
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Nov 4, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  In part two of this brief look at the concept of revival, as pictured in Exodus 3-5, we look at the messenger of God as well as the message he delivers. What defines "revival"? What is the sign that it is taking place?  How does discipleship fit into the picture of evangelism and the "great commission"?
Topics: Moses, Zipporah, revival, discipleship, Acts, saved, slavery, bond-servant, Mashiach
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Oct 26, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  In our continued detailed look at Exodus 3-5, we begin a two part series looking at the concept of revival in the Bible, in the context of the Exodus narrative.  Since the story of the Exodus is the biblical picture of redemption, and since Moses is the First Redeemer, it is appropriate to consider this important concept and relate it to our current day.  
Topics: Moses, revival, rashi, staff of God, Aaron, bride of God, repentance, judgment, house of God
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Oct 12, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  We retrace over Ex.3:15-4:22, focusing this time on the aspect of Moses being sent by God as His messenger.  We relate this to Christ and His own claim of having been sent by the Father.  Do we have a good handle on who Jesus is?  Is He God?  Or is this, as the Jewish people have claimed for centuries, idolatry?  How does this question affect our understanding and interpretations of scripture?
Topics: Moses, Torah, Elijah, Jesus, shaliach, will of the Father, idolatry, trinitarianism, Shema
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Oct 5, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  This study considers Exodus 3:5-4:13.  We primarily focus on the call of Moses, and how he "wrestles with God" over his mission.  Similar to the concept in Philippians of "working out our salvation with fear and trembling" (Phil.2:12) we consider the aspect of free will and preparation in responding to the leadings of the Lord in our lives.
Topics: Moses, burning bush, Calvinism, free will, 13 Attributes, mercy, compassion, Torah study, Exodus
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Sep 28, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  This session covers Exodus 2:23-3:12 We look at the call of Moses and compare it with the call of Samuel, Jeremiah and the baptism of Yeshua.  We also discuss how to recognize the call God has on our lives, and how to discern whether a teacher is speaking for the LORD or is a false prophet based on Deuteronomy 13.
Topics: Moses, Jeremiah, Samuel, David, Nabal, Pharaoh, Redeemer, burning bush, call of God, mark of a...
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Sep 28, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  We look at Exodus 2:23-3:12.  We see a comparison of Moses, the First Redeemer with Messiah, the Second (Ultimate) Redeemer as both respond to the call.  We study other biblical characters who were called by God and how they identified and recognized their call.  We also look at how to identify whether someone is sent by God or is a false teacher.
Topics: Moses, Jeremiah, Samuel, Nabal, David, Burning Bush, Shepherd, Torah, Attributes of Justice and...
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Sep 21, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  This is a continuation of our study in Exodus.  We look at the religious background of Moses in Egypt; the theology he was raised, and consider the mystical interpretations available from his encounter with the seven daughters at the well in Midian.  We draw some interesting and subtle parallels with Moses and Christ.  This study covers Ex.2:10-22
Topics: Moses, Egypt, Osiris, Egyptian trinity, Bread of Life, Seven Shepherds, Sukkot, Attributes of God,...
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Sep 14, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  We continue our study through Exodus with a deep and midrashic look at the birth of Moses.  Using Jewish Talmudic legend on the story, we trace a clear connecting line between the birth of Moses, the First Redeemer, and the birth of Messiah, the Second, or Final Redeemer.  This study covers Exodus 2:1-10.
Topics: Moses, Messiah, shekinah, Talmud, Pharaoh, Miriam, birth of Christ
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Sep 7, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Oasis Fellowship teaching series.  This study looks at Gen.50:22 - Ex.1, and focuses on the the identity which Joseph maintained in God.  In spite of living 93 of his 110 long years in the land of Egypt, Joseph's final commands to his brothers are to remember the covenant with Abraham.  Also, we consider the civil disobedience of the midwives and what this means in our faith journey.
Topics: Joseph, midwives, redemption, Messiah son of Joseph, slavery, civil rights, crimes against...
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Jun 29, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Teaching series presented by New Life Christian Fellowship. This is 18 of 18 sessions.  In this final installment of The Emmaus Road: Finding Jesus in the Book of Beginnings, we focus on the difficult passage of Genesis 38, followed by the blessing of Jacob over Judah in Gen.49:8-12.  We witness the change in Judah over time and the rich Messianic imagery inherent in his story.  Both Christian and Jewish scholarship is utilized in this series.
Topics: Torah study, Messiah son of Joseph, Messiah son of David, Judah, Tamar, Perez, rod of iron,...
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Jun 25, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Teaching series presented by New Life Christian Fellowship. This is session 17 of 18.  We consider Asenath, the Egyptian wife of Joseph, and look at the adoption of Joseph's sons by Jacob, and at what this means to a Gentile believer in Messiah.  We also consider Benjamin and the Messianic parallels to his life and the Jewish believers of the first century and today.
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Topics: Torah study, Joseph, Messiah, Benjamin, Ephraim, Sabbath blessings, scripture tree, roots of faith
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Jun 15, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Teaching series presented by New Life Christian Fellowship.  This is session 16 of 18.  Seeking to find the roots of the biblical concept of atonement, we go past the tradional view of church theologins and explore the doctrine of Jesus and the apostles concerning suffering, atonement, and the work of the righteous among the community.  Tying this together with the story of Joseph, we see some cryptic parallels with the suffering of Joseph and the suffering of the Messiah son of Joseph,...
Topics: tzaddic, torah study, Joseph, Moses, Paul, suffering, measure-for-measure, Attribute of Justice
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Jun 8, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Teaching series presented by New Life Christian Fellowship.  This is session 15 of 18.  The story of Joseph is so rich with Messianic implications that we will take two sessions to look at it (and still not exhaust what could be said).  This is the first session, covering most of Genesis 37.  We look at the two advents of Messiah, the son of Joseph and the son of David.  This study incorporates both Christian and Jewish writings and scholarship.
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Topics: torah study, tzaddik, Messiah son of Joseph, tzitzit, coat of authority, casting lots, rejection,...
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Jun 1, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Teaching series presented by New Life Christian Fellowhip. This is session 14 of 18.  We look at the Messianic importance of the blessing of Jacob by Isaac, and then the vision of the ladder in Gen.28.  We explore the concepts of the sovereignty of God and the immanence of God, and how these ideas relate to our daily lives of devotion and worship.  We look at the difference between "praise" and "worship" and discover an important distinction often lost in today's church...
Topics: worship, Jacob's ladder, Messianic era, discipleship, torah study, heaven on earth, tikkun olam,...
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May 25, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Teaching series presented by New Life Christian Fellowship.  This is the 13th of 18 sessions.  Basing our study on Genesis 25 and 27, we study the rich Messianic parellels in the story of Jacob and Esau.  We look at the two brothers as representing two spiritual kingdoms, and discuss the Messianic significance of the blindness of Isaac, and how this relates to the ministry and revealing of Messiah.
Topics: Torah, blindness of Isaac, Esau, mourning of Abraham, women in the Bible, concealed Messiah,...
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Teaching series presented by New Life Christian Fellowship.  This is session 12 of 18.  We look at the spiritual significance of the famine in Genesis 26:1, how it connects to the "famished" state of Esau and the moral state of the land.  Making a parallel with the dire prophecy of Amos, we look at the famine of the Word and it's evidence in the church, and how this relates to our personal intimacy with God and discipleship in the Master.  Isaac is revealed, like Christ, as not...
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Topics: Isaac, Torah, Abraham, covenant, famine, Amos, hundredfold increase, discipleship, carnality in the...
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May 4, 2015 David M. LeBlanc
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Teaching series presented by New Life Christian Fellowship.  This is session 11 of 18.  The story of the binding of Isaac in Genesis 22 is a core event in the history the Jewish faith, and subsequently of the church.  To understand this better, we consider Hebrews 11:8-20, which is largely taken from the writings of the Talmud, and do a parallel comparison of the Christian and Jewish traditions concerning this story, utilizing Jewish texts to illuminate the writings of the apostles.
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Topics: akedah, Isaac, Abraham, Torah study, Emmaus road, Messiah, Talmud, Mishnah, gospel, sacrifice,...
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Teaching series presented by New Life Christian Fellowship.  This is session 10 of 18.  This session is split in two; We spend the first half looking at the story of Sarah and a parallel with Hannah.  We see her faith healed by God and the faithfulness of the promise.  The second half is spent looking at the concept of Progressive Revelation.  Instead of thinking of God's covenants as "old" and "new", we look at how God doesn't replace his covenants, but rather builds...
Topics: covenant, Sarah, Hannah, Samuel, Abraham, ketubah, Spirit, obedience, law vs. grace